Courses

Prepare for retirement and learn key steps to creating a reliable, long-term income stream. We will discuss Social Security optimization, tax management techniques, risk management, and investment strategies to both protect and grow your income during retirement. Don't get caught unprepared for retirement.


February 15-17, 2022, CHLAB 301
In the morning session, "There's No Place Like Home," you will click your pen into action and explore home as an idea, a way of understanding family, and as a physical space. Return after lunch for "Oh, The Places You Will Go" and focus your writing on the larger world; travel, work and community. Writers of all levels, in all genres, are welcome.


Sunday, February 27, 2022, RDM3 305
Abstract art does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. Learn simple techniques to abstract real objects that will be recognizable to some degree.


Saturday, February 5, 2022, BEC 0152
Bao Buns, also known as "steamed buns" are a delicious, warm, fluffy treat of stuffing wrapped inside a sweet, white dough. Chef Candy will guide you through the process of creating the leavened dough plus three hearty and delicious fillings (beef, chicken and vegetable).


Saturday, March 12, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover reasons why you are unable to sleep at night, struggling with low energy, and why your libido has disappeared. Explore the connection between thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones, and how you can gain control.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Are you looking to improve your understanding and appreciation of how complex, nuanced, gastronomic, and downright tasty beer can be? If so, join us in our Beer Appreciation series. This session will focus on Dark Beers. Designed to remove mystery and intimidation from your local brewpub menus, the instructor will provide a list of recommended beers to purchase before the session so you can taste along if you choose. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, January 27, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Are you looking to improve your understanding and appreciation of how complex, nuanced, gastronomic, and downright tasty beer can be? If so, join us in our Beer Appreciation series. This session will focus on Winter Warmers (typically ales). The instructor will provide a list of recommended beers to purchase before the session so you can taste along if you choose. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, February 24, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Are you interested in plant-based eating but not sure where to start? Join Chef Holly in this Q&A conversation and cooking demonstration course. Holly will help you explore the basics of plant-based eating as she demonstrates recipes for you to make at home.


Saturday, January 8, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Gain new tools to organize your work and home to-dos using strategies that support your brain to visually track your activities and progress. Learn techniques to work efficiently, manage everyday stress, and complete tasks. Leave this 3-hour hands-on course with an easy-to-follow action plan.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Get a new perspective on time management. This hands-on 3-hour course shows you how to support your brain so you can be more efficient with time, more effective in planning, and experience less stress and overwhelm.


Friday, January 7, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Friday, February 18, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Monday, March 21, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Create roasted chicken with creamy scalloped potatoes just like mom used to make. Learn the proper technique to truss your chicken so it results in a juicy, evenly roasted bird without burned legs and wings. Drizzled with pan gravy and a healthy side of scalloped potatoes and you have a perfect Sunday night dinner or something new for your holiday meal.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Take your cooking to the next level with this classic shrimp recipe made with garlic, white wine and butter sauce. Learn to sauté rice with aromatics for a deliciously seasoned rice pilaf dish. Serve with roasted broccolini and you have a simple dish, elegant enough to serve at holiday dinners. This Italian classic should be in every home chef's repertoire!


Saturday, December 11, 2021, CUL 117
Do you have the desire to create delicious, traditional desserts? In this course, you will learn to make three delicious Italian classics: Tiramisu, chilled Zabaglione, and Pignoli cookies. Master these treats, and your dessert table will never be the same.


Saturday, February 5, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This course will focus on four wines, two from the Willamette Valley and two from Southern Oregon. Group discussion will be encouraged as you experience the wine with wine educator Sarah Wolcott and fellow participants.


Thursday, February 10, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter as she helps you navigate the philosophies of many popular diets including Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Mediterranean, Vegan and the Mayo Clinic Diet. Determine which one might be a good fit for your health and lifestyle goals.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This three-hour food writing workshop will encompass readings, writing exercises, sharing work, and discussion of writing practices and resources. This workshop is designed to bring creativity into the world of food-writing, or more specifically, to use food as a subject for creative writing. Writing exercises will be based on sensory and memory prompts, and looking at the subject of food in unusual ways.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Join Lynne Dean, a retired latent fingerprint expert who helped track The Green River Killer, in this fascinating look into the real world of crime scene investigation. View the inside workings of a forensic fingerprint laboratory, learn about the practice of fingerprint mutilation to prevent detection and actively review and analyze evidence from real crime scenes. This course is great for the CSI amateur enthusiast, mystery writers or book clubs. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, March 5, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Low thyroid can impact every cell and system in the body. Standard diagnostic tests are not always adequate to identify all cases of hypothyroidism. Learn what tests to request. Explore how foods like U.S. wheat and unfermented soy can weaken thyroid function, while iodine, selenium, and certain herbs can help.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022, CHLAB 301
Landscape professionals and homeowners can learn about drip and low volume irrigation, including the basics of how a typical irrigation system works, and steps to convert a traditional sprinkler zone into a drip zone.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Streamline your work in Excel by managing multiple worksheets and using conditional formatting, IF, Date and LookUp Functions. Learn how to make important items stand out, add graphics, use templates, and protect your worksheets.


December 1-8, 2021, MDR 120
March 4-11, 2022, LIB 0117
Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter for a comprehensive overview of the keto diet to help determine if it might be right for you. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and how to troubleshoot for stalled weight loss, mood balance, fatigue, and sleep issues.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Practice your baking skills and learn how to make delicious flatbreads from around the world. Chef Katie will discuss mixing, shaping and baking techniques for different types of dough. Recipes will include Semolina Rosemary Crackers, Naan with Sesame Seeds and Pita Bread.


Saturday, December 4, 2021, CUL 116
Saturday, December 11, 2021, CUL 116
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "What's in a Name?", we will explore the power of names. Through a series of prompts about people's names, the names of things, and the names of places, we will investigate how naming can help writers with characterization, world-building, and description.


Sunday, December 12, 2021, RTEC 124
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Writing What You See," we will use a variety of images to create characters, settings, and inspire scenes.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Bring a world of flavors to your dinner table with these gluten-free and dairy-free classic sauces that draw from various ethnic traditions. Gain mastery of the following sauces: Mexican Mole Sauce, Thai Coconut Curry, Mediterranean Caper Sauce and Spanish Romesco Sauce. These sauces are bursting with flavor while accommodating common dietary restrictions.


Saturday, February 26, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This course will help you prepare to pass the Ham Radio Licensed Technician test and obtain your license so you can begin your journey into ham radio. The curriculum is primarily guided self-study and is approved by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the FCC. The class will end with a 90-minute licensing test.


Saturday, February 26, 2022, HCC 0230
Saturday, March 19, 2022, HCC 0230
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor at New Basin Distilling Company in Madras, Oregon to learn about the making of whiskey. This course will explore different types of grain, the milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and aging of whiskey. This is a hands-on course where participants will be helping with each step of the distilling process and learn how to legally distill whiskey. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and show ID.


Sunday, December 5, 2021, New Basin Distilling Company
Is your body craving a healthy reset after all of the holiday indulgence? Never fear, soup season is here! Join Chef Holly as she demonstrates how to make three different soups filled with vitamin-packed winter vegetables, powerful antioxidants and rich flavor. All new recipes!


Sunday, February 20, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Research indicates there is a direct link between digestion and overall health. Learn about foods and herbs used throughout the world to attain and maintain digestive health. Leave with recipes to make easy herbal remedies at home.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Whether you are new to horses, struggling with your own horse, or looking to tune-up your handling and communication skills, this course will cover a wide range of skill-building to suit each individual's needs.


Saturday, March 19, 2022, HORSETALK
Interested in sharing your memoir, poetry, photographs or other creative work with the world? In this introductory course, learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the online platforms available for formatting, printing, and distributing your work, and which publishing methods are most appropriate for your goals.


Saturday, February 26, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Italian Sunday supper is a traditional family gathering, and a beautiful way to stay connected to each other. Every family has its own family recipes. Join Chef Candy and learn to prepare some of her family favorites.


Saturday, February 19, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Many Americans suffer from GERD aka heartburn, but never get the condition corrected. Although medication can provide some short-term relief, it can also cause long-term damage to digestion over time. Join Integrative Clinical Dietitian Jari Serra to explore the foods, supplements and eating habits that can help reduce GERD.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022, CHLAB 301
Topics in this beginning techniques course will include tips on which stitch to use, types of needles and when to use them, adjusting tension and different types of seams for various applications.


Saturday, January 8, 2022, HCC 0260
Saturday, February 5, 2022, HCC 0260
Saturday, March 12, 2022, HCC 0260
Learn what you need to know to make the most of your Social Security before it's too late!


Tuesday, February 1, 2022, CHLAB 301
Discover how easy it is to emboss designs into copper and brass to create beautiful pieces of art. Learn about the tools and techniques necessary to create these unique designs. Students will walk away with two finished pieces, one in copper and one in brass.


Saturday, March 5, 2022, BEC 0152
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a continual learning process. Professionals with previous MI training or practice will continue developing skills in their role supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes.


Friday, March 4, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a conversation style that supports change in a manner congruent with a person's own values and concerns using collaborative, goal-orientated methods of communication. This introductory course covers the spirit, core skills and processes of Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as the most current research of MI use and effective practice.


February 4-11, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This is the annual Oregon Association of Community & Continuing Education Spring Forum which is an in-service training for Continuing Education professionals throughout Oregon.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Celebrate your life by using your photos to create a calendar! Enjoy memories from the past throughout 2022 by creating a calendar for the coming year. Professional organizer and photo coach Debbie Bauman will take you step-by-step through how to select an online platform, upload or access your digital photos and create a personalized calendar.


Thursday, December 9, 2021, CHLAB 207
Dive into the world of digital photography. Learn how to capture a beautiful image and use simple photo editing techniques to create a final product. Course includes an overview of basic camera controls as well as post-processing techniques. No experience required. Bring your camera and user's manual.


Saturday, January 22, 2022, CHLAB 301
Saturday, February 12, 2022, RTEC 124
Before the weather warms up and entices you outside to dig in the dirt, spend some time studying planting calendars, researching plant varieties that flourish in Central Oregon and sharing ideas to get the most out of the gardening season.


Saturday, February 19, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Saturday, February 26, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This course was such a hit last fall that we're doing it again this year with new recipes! The fall and winter holidays call for an assortment of dishes that highlight seasonal flavors and mouth-watering ingredients. Join Chef Holly as she demonstrates how to make delicious show-stopping plant-based dishes such as Butternut-Sage Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce, Creamy Green Bean Casserole, and Candy Cane Cupcakes--all 100% plant-based!


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Impress your family and friends with a new plant-based St. Patrick's Day feast. These fun recipes are all traditional Irish meals made with tasty, plant-based ingredients.


Wednesday, March 9, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
With the right foods, supplements and habits, you can often stop and even reverse bone loss. Explore how bone medications can weaken your bones even as they lead to better DEXA scan results. Join Integrative Clinical Dietitian Jari Serra to discover how to restore your bone density without medication.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021, CHLAB 301
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, CHLAB 301
Learn to make pies without a pie pan. In this course, you will create a delicious roasted vegetable and cheese galette wrapped in a flaky pastry shell. Add a simple salad or cup of soup to this rustic free-form pie and you have the perfect dinner on a chilly evening.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Everyone judges a book by its cover. In this course for self-publishers, study the principles of good cover design, learn how to find stock images and fonts that can be used in commercial projects, and observe a demonstration on how to create a complete cover file using a graphic design program.


Saturday, December 4, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
This course is a great way to get started on your sewing adventure. Bring your machine and owner's manual and learn common features shared by all standard sewing machines, as well as some features specific to your model.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022, BEC 0160
Thursday, March 3, 2022, BEC 0160
Wines are rated on a 100-point system. In this wine tasting course, you will explore and sip four different wines that each received 96 or more points from major wine critics. These outstanding and classically ranked wines, whites and reds, will hail from the U.S. and international producers.


Thursday, March 10, 2022, CUL 120
This online meeting will help you gather information about COCC's bilingual training preparing individuals to serve as Health Care Interpreters in medical settings. Registration for meeting is required to receive online access link.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Add your name to our Spanish Health Care Interpreter Interest List.
Learn the details of recent Tax Law changes and how it may affect your personal tax situation. Discussion will include tax optimization strategies for gifting, Social Security, HSAs, estate planning and investments including Roth conversions.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022, CHLAB 301
Medicare is a critical source of health insurance for 44 million Americans. You need in-depth information on the often confusing process of the Medicare system to make informed choices with your own, or a loved one's, health insurance.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Thursday, February 24, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn the simplicity and beauty of making handcrafted filled pasta. Chef Candy will teach you how to create traditional Italian pasta from scratch along with a variety of delicious fillings and complementary sauces.


Saturday, January 22, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
The dry side of Oregon offers incredible opportunities to learn about the animals, plants, and other beings that have adapted to living there. Learn how geology, hydrology, and climate come together to create a unique set of challenges and resources for living beings on the east side of the Cascade range.


Monday, February 28, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover simple watercolor techniques to create flowers, trees and cattails with the addition of ink to accent and define shapes. Materials provided.


Monday, January 10, 2022, RDM3 306
Thursday, February 10, 2022, BEC 0152
This course builds on skills learned in the Watercolor Simplified course. Use salt, plastic wrap, spray bottles, and masking fluid to create texture and depth. Materials provided.


Monday, January 24, 2022, RDM3 306
Thursday, February 24, 2022, BEC 0152
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor from New Basin Distilling Company to learn everything you need to know about bourbon. Rick will discuss the process of making bourbon and lead you through the exploration of taste notes and the best strategies for enjoying bourbon. Tasting kit included in price. Must be 21 years of age or older and show ID to pick up the kit.


Sunday, February 6, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor from New Basin Distilling Company in Madras, Oregon to learn about Scotch whisky. While we sample different varieties of Scotch whisky we will we explore some history, the distilling process and unique characteristics of the different regions of Scotland. Price includes tasting kit. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.


Sunday, March 13, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This course is designed for those who like wine and want to know more about it, and for those who would like to enjoy wine and just don't know where to begin. Start with a tasting and analysis of the basic components of wine - sugar, acid, tannin, and alcohol, the foundation required to knowledgeably taste and analyze wines. Discover some of the most important wine grapes and wine regions by tasting, discussing, and scoring several wines. Students must be 21 years of age or older and show ID.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Intimidated by the thought of using winter squash, or tired of your same-old recipes? This course will explore various types of winter squash including how to skin, cut and de-seed these hefty beauties. Learn how to cook them to create delicious winter dishes.


Sunday, January 23, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM